After a holiday weekend of indulging in some delicious food, I was ready to lighten up our meals this week and do a bit of detoxing from the last few days.
This gluten-free and dairy-free Chicken and Avocado Detox Salad with Lime and Cilantro is a favorite simple dish around here. It is quick to throw together and is a perfect lighter meal as the days are starting to warm up.
It also has a number of ingredients that are wonderful for our health AND for cleaning out our systems after maybe a bit too much of that holiday candy!
Here are a few health benefits of some of the ingredients in this salad:
Cilantro: contains powerful natural cleansing agents. Cilantro has strong antioxidant activity, has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects, and is also a surprisingly good source of Vitamin K.
Juice from Limes and Lemons: contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Lemon or lime juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive tract and therefore helps with constipation, heartburn and gas. All of the antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins present in these citrus fruits help to loosen toxins in the digestive tract and also flush out water retention by increasing urination, thereby eliminating toxins at a faster rate.
Avocados: contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients, as well as fiber, healthy fats, protein, and beneficial phyto-chemicals. They can also help to regulate blood sugar levels, protect against cancer, and help fight free radicals.
These ingredients have so many other benefits as well, but I will leave you with the few that I like the most.
I know that these two little ones will be chowing down on this salad this week… After all the Easter fun, they also need a bit of a reset to their diets.
Hmmm…maybe I should also offer this Detox Salad up to our little egg-hunting pup. He probably could use a good cleansing of his system after stealthily finding some of those eggs that the Easter bunny so carefully hid so that he wouldn’t.
If you look closely at his face, you will notice how, when a dyed Easter egg is chewed on by a dog, the said dye does not technically remain on the egg.
And unfortunately, this picture does not do any justice to what the dye also did to his paws and belly.
Chicken and Avocado Detox Salad with Lime and Cilantro
Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
•2 medium avocados, diced
•2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
•½ teaspoon Sea Salt
•1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
•2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Mayonnaise or Egg-Free Mayonnaise (OR Plain Greek Yogurt)
•2 cups cooked chicken breasts OR 1 cooked rotisserie chicken, diced or shredded into large pieces
•3 Tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
•1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
•½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1. Toss diced avocado pieces with the lime juice and sea salt.
2. Mix lemon juice and mayonnaise (or yogurt) for the dressing.
3. Place diced or shredded chicken in a large bowl. Add avocado mixture and green onion slices.
4. Add lemon juice and mayonnaise mixture and toss everything gently together until coated. Add cilantro and cherry tomatoes and toss again until just barely coated.
5. Taste for seasonings and add more sea salt to taste if needed.
6. Can be served at this point or chilled for later.
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